Vaccine symposium: Vaccines at different levels of complexity from subunit to whole cell formulations

15 Nov 2017

Vaccination is the most successful strategy to reduce morbidity and mortality caused by infectious diseases worldwide. Novel technologies, contributing to advanced production methods and improved antigen formulation and delivery systems, determine for a large part the success of vaccine development. This symposium will bring scientists from different disciplines, from both academia and industry, together to share ideas on the impact of innovative vaccine formulation and delivery. The event will include keynote presentations from worldwide experts together with short talks of selected participants.

The symposium is organized by the MycoSynVac Consortium together with the Radboud University Medical Center (Radboudumc).

The MycoSynVac project aims at using cutting-edge synthetic biology methodologies to engineer Mycoplasma pneumoniae as a universal chassis for vaccination.


Confirmed speakers

  • subunit vaccines: Kingston Mills (Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, UK): "Sterilizing immunity with vaccines that induce tissue-resident memory T cells – lessons from pertussis".
  • whole cell and live (vector) vaccines: Venugopal Nair (The Pirbright Institute, Pirbright, UK): "Vaccination against avian diseases: challenges and opportunities".
  • non-specific effects of whole cell and subunit vaccines: Mihai Netea (Nijmegen Medical Cente, Nijmegen, Netherlands): "Non-specific effects of whole cell and subunit vaccines".
  • particle vaccines: Andrea Wolf (Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, USA):  "Degradation of bacterial cell wall peptidoglycan plays a vital role in determining the inflammatory response to S. aureus".

Download the full programme here:  PDF icon Vaccine Symposium Programme.pdf


The coordinator of the MycoSynVac project, the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) in Barcelona together with  MSD Animal Health in Boxmeer due to its expertise in vaccine development.

The Radboud Center for Infectious Diseases, which is part of the Radboudumc, has long-standing experience and broad expertise in the field of vaccination


Duration of the symposium

The symposium will take place on Wednesday November 15th starting at 9:00am and finishing at 5 pm.

Number of participants: max. 100

Registration fee: 20 Euros (includes participation in symposium, coffee breaks and lunch).

Deadline for abstract submission: Extended to 15th of October 2017 - Closed

Deadline for registrationExtended to 31st of October 2017 - Closed. Late registrations can be requested by e-mail only to


Radboud university medical center,

Faculty club ‘Huize Heyendaal’,

Geert Grooteplein Noord 9,

6525 EZ Nijmegen.

The Netherlands



Joaquim Calbó (MycoSynVac)